Blogger Bob Burns of the TSA reports that an unnamed intrepid agent successfully utilized the TSA’s enhanced pat down procedure to discover between 1000 and 2000 Ecstasy pills that had been secreted in the traveler’s underwear. The
explosive discovery was made at LAX. No doubt, the discovery of a hidden, illegal, but not dangerous object, justifies the routine invasion of privacy without probable cause. Blogger Bob, to his credit, does state that the TSA is not looking for drugs
A passenger underwent a pat-down after opting out of the body scanner at Los Angeles (LAX). During the pat-down, our officer came across a bulky area and the passenger insisted it was nothing out of the ordinary. Nah, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about 1000 – 2000 hits of ecstasy in your undergarments, right? We’re not looking for drugs, but until we figure out what the item is, we have to assume it could be dangerous. When we find narcotics, we have to report them. Simple solution… Don’t bring them on a plane.
We guess if your techniques don’t find what you’re looking for, you’d better trumpet whatever you find and declare victory.